The Nugan family’s winery is dedicated to producing premium estate grown wines from the family’s vineyards across Australia.

The Winery

Nugan Estate is the Nugan family’s winery dedicated to producing premium estate grown wines from the family’s vineyards across Australia.

Indeed, Nugan Estate is quickly becoming recognised as one of Australia’s rising stars in premium wine production. James Halliday and Huon Hooke, Australia’s most respected wine-writers, have praised Nugan Estate’s rise stating; Halliday: “Nugan Estate has arrived on the scene like a whirlwind…”; and Hooke: “… the Nugans stand out for their dedication and the great value their wines represent.”

Nugan Estate’s wines are sourced from the family’s vineyards ensuring they benefit from being estate grown.

Today Nugan Estate owns 590 hectares of vineyards in Australia’s finest wine growing regions of Riverina in New South Wales, King Valley in Victoria and McLaren Vale in South Australia – making them the 18th largest vineyard holders in Australia. In addition, Nugan Estate sources premium quality grape from the renowned Coonawarra region of South Australia.

Nugan Estate is one of Australia’s Top 20 Wine Exporters and is complemented by four labels: Nugan Estate, a best of the regions collection from Australia’s finest wine growing regions; Cookoothama, the family’s label dedicated to providing quality wines that consistently over deliver on value; and the Talinga Park and Wally’s Hut labels, which take advantage of Nugan Estate’s premium wine making practices to provide the consumer with superior quality wine at an affordable price.

Nugan Estate’s labels have been well received internationally, being awarded numerous accolades.

The Nugan family is proud to distribute their wines around the world always ensuring they benefit from being estate grown and made with the utmost care to meet the family’s mantra of over-delivering on quality and value.

The Winemaker

There is a good reason Daren Owers is seen as one of Australia’s up and coming young winemakers. His wines are good, very good.

Since becoming Chief Winemaker, Daren has collected numerous Trophies from around the world. He was also the 2004 Wine Society’s Young Wine Maker of the Year (Member Choice).

Many are shocked to know Daren was only 26 when he was first appointed Nugan Estate’s Chief Winemaker.  But those who know Daren, are aware he is a talented man, mature beyond his years, who has been mentored by Nugan Estate’s Managing Director, Michelle Nugan, since joining the business at the age of 19.

Now responsible for all Nugan Estate’s labels, Daren’s vision is to continue producing  quality wines utilising premium fruit from the family’s vineyards in McLaren Vale, King Valley and Riverina and sourced from Coonawarra.

Cellar door and winery

Nugan Estate’s cellar door is housed at its award winning Michelin restaurant, opposite the family’s head quarters in the main street of Griffith.

Make an appointment for a personalized wine tasting in Michelin’s Tapas Bar or, if you have time, have a tasting while you enjoy a meal in the restaurant.

To ensure we give you our utmost attention, please telephone us to arrange your cellar door tasting in advance. Appointments are essential for groups.

Our vineyard and wine region

To make premium wine you need premium grapes.

The Nugan family knows that and has invested time and money to develop vineyards in Australia’s finest wine growing regions.

Nugan Estate has ensured all their vineyards are located in the best micro-climates and are fully drip irrigated. Further, that their highly qualified viticultural team use the latest technology married with traditional handling to ensure the highest quality fruit.

Nugan Estate owns 5 vineyards across the King Valley, McLaren Vale and Riverina. In addition, Nugan Estate sources premium quality grape from the renowned Coonawarra region in South Australia.